Udaiyan Jatar (U.J.) has led global businesses like the $400 million joint venture between Coca-Cola and Nestle and launched many products across 6 continents. His innovation career spans 20 years in companies like Coca-Cola, P&G and Grey where he led the launches of brands like Pantene, Vicks, Sprite, Powerade, Nestea and Honda in different parts of the world. As Coke’s Global Vice-President for coffee, he created and launched a high margin business in 2006, Far Coast, which sells 100% Fair Trade etc. certified coffees. This is the first such brand launched by a Fortune 100 company.
Suhas Apte is a senior executive who has developed a valuable global perspective, extensive CPG industry experience and sustainability credentials based on a broad career path working in Asia-Pacific, developing markets, Europe and the United States. Suhas was most recently Global Sustainability Officer at Kimberly-Clark Corp., a $20 billion company with three global businesses. He is a Mechanical Engineer from India, with MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Charles Edwards is an inspirational leader, iconic brand development facilitator, and organizational change agent with solid experience leading operations in large corporate, NGO, entrepreneurial, academic, and NPO sectors. He has led major business turnaround initiatives over his 25 year IBM career. After IBM, Charles served as Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer of the 1996 Paralympic Games and achieved the strongest financial and spectator results in their history. Charles grew up in Detroit, is a veteran, and earned bachelor’s industrial engineering (IE) and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan, and master’s IE from Wayne State University.
Dr. Joy McCarthy is a licensed business psychologist with extensive experience in both Fortune 100 companies and small entrepreneurial firms as well as nonprofit organizations. Dr. McCarthy has worked with leaders and their teams to achieve their most transformative and challenging goals. Her areas of specialty include leadership assessment and coaching, team development, organizational design, and strategic innovative thinking and execution. She has an expertise in the administration, interpretation and development of multiple forms of diagnostics tools.
Onyi Okoroafor brings a wealth of financial expertise to the Blue Earth Network. After graduating with degrees in Finance and International Business from Washington University in St. Louis, he spent time at UBS Investment Bank in their Sales & Trading division. He then went on to pursue an MBA at the Booth School of Business, focusing on Managerial & Organizational Behavior, with the goal of using this knowledge to help organizations implement purposeful change.
David Papa is a social enterprise champion that has created holistic brand strategies, developed new products, delivered comprehensive digital campaigns, and built collaboration systems from the ground up in his 10-years as a marketer, most recently for Better World Books. He writes about the power of bringing our authentic selves into our work to find higher levels of creativity and fulfillment. He earned his MBA at Emory University, and scored in the 99th percentile in the EdgeDweller Mind index for Innovation and Leadership Thinking.
Doug Powell brings a passion for providing clarity and simplicity in the world of complexity, identifying the essence of the work necessary to achieve value creation, connecting those necessary to accomplish value-work through transparent interaction and focusing organizations toward the customers on whom they depend for survival. Doug has pursued his passion in Healthcare and Financial Services for nearly 20 years. He earned his bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and MBA from the Trulaske School of Business at the University of Missouri.
Lior Weinstein is Blue Earth’s Digital Transformation Officer - a serial entrepreneur with a love for anything digital. He founded three startup companies that exited, turned profitable or raised capital. At his companies, Lior had roles ranging from CEO, CTO, VP Product. He has created mobile, desktop and cloud-based products and services that are used collectively by over 200 million people worldwide including Ginipic (65m users), Appoxee (200m devices) and BabyFirst Mobile a highly innovative video app for babies and toddlers!
L. Hunter Lovins
L. Hunter Lovins is President and founder of the Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS). Hunter’s areas of expertise include Natural Capitalism, sustainable development, globalization, energy and resource policy, economic development, climate change, land management, and fire rescue and emergency medicine. Lovins has consulted with large and small companies including the International Finance Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell, Interface, Clif Bar, and Wal-Mart. Governmental clients include the Pentagon, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and other agencies, numerous cities, and the governments of Jamaica, Australia, and the U.S. Trained as a sociologist and lawyer (JD), Hunter is also currently faculty at Bainbridge Graduate Institute.
Barbara O’Connor has a lifelong passion for marketing research. Her marketing research career spans many years and includes being Manager of Market Research for Scott Paper and Director of Market Research for CIGNA Group Insurance. In 1996, she started her own market research consulting business, conducting both quantitative and qualitative research for a wide array of clients, specializing in cultural tourism, pharmaceuticals, consumer packaged goods, and insurance. Barbara received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.B.A. from Northeastern University.
Gifford Pinchot III
Gifford Pinchot III is a well-known author (Intrapreneuring in Action), and is credited for inventing the term, Intrapreneurship, by Norman Macrae in a 1982 article in the Economist. Gifford helps clients launch businesses and manage innovation. He has helped to launch over 700 businesses, several of which are each doing over a billion dollars in sales. He has also built four companies, sold three of them, one of which created an astounding return of over 10,000 percent for the original investors. Since 1983 Mr. Pinchot’s clients have included half of the “Fortune 100”, and numerous government and nonprofit organizations as well as clients on every continent except Antarctica. Gifford Pinchot is the President and co-founder of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, which offers an MBA that integrates sustainability and social responsibility with innovation and profit. Mr. Pinchot graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1965 with an A.B. degree in economics, then completed his coursework for a Ph.D. in neurophysiology at Johns Hopkins University.